A 50-million-dollar infusion for the Rural Finance Authority — the state agency that makes loans to farmers — awaits a signature from Governor Tim Walz after the Minnesota Senate passed the bill Thursday. Elbow Lake Republican Torrey Westrom says farmers need that money as soon as possible:

“The program is out of money or nearly out of money, yet farmers right now are getting their plans for spring planting finalized with their banks, the operating loans that they need to put the seed in the ground, to bring that next load of cattle or pigs into their farming operation.”

And a bill designating 30 million additional dollars for the state’s Disaster Assistance Fund is also headed to the governor’s desk after the House passed it Thursday afternoon.